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'A small peace of heaven on earth'

Look out for:

  • South African plants sunning themselves on the entrance borders
  • Exotic looking bananas and tree ferns around the small granite pond
  • Plants with religious connections on the peaceful 'holy bank'
  • Lovely old trees reaching for the heavens
  • Our young apple trees in the recently planted orchard
  • New Zealand native plants around the bamboo bridge
  • The clipped cherry laurel maze on a slope in the middle of the garden
  • Water flowing over dams, into ponds, through streams and into the sea

Discovering more about Glendurgan

Read about the garden either before or after your visit

Read about the garden either before or after your visit

We'll give you a small map guide to help you find your way around this large garden, and if you'd like to discover more as you explore you can buy a guidebook for £4. Our information point is a great place to learn more about the history, conservation and plant collection either before or after your visit.

Our rich and varied plant collection

Sun lovers

 © National Trust / Mary Cobill

From Mexican succulents to South African flowering shrubs, the sunny spots at Glendurgan are perfect for a range of southern-hemisphere natives to grow.

Peaceful flowers

 © NT / Mary Cobill

There's no intensity of flowers at Glendurgan but throughout the year you'll find bulbs, trees and shrubs with delightful blooms. This flowering dogwood is covered with lovely white flowers in early summer.

Heavenly trees

 © NT / Mary Cobill

Although sometimes we're pushed for space, the valley is a great place to enjoy the shapes and habits of a rich variety of trees, including deciduous conifers giving beautiful colour changes in autumn.

Taking a walk

Gravel, mown-grass or woodchip paths give access to all of the garden. As a valley garden there are steps and some steep paths, so plan your route well to make sure you find the best paths for you.

Wonderful banks of wildflowers

There are exotic trees and shrubs dotted around the valley garden. In the spaces between we've gradually developed wildflower areas over the last twenty years. Enjoy them at their best in spring and early summer.

Maintaining the green puzzle

Depending on how wet or dry the weather's been, we cut the maze at least twice a year with battery-powered backpack hedgetrimmers.

Tempting as it may be, cheating by climbing through the hedges causes long-term damage.

Making the most of the Cornish weather

We may sometimes complain about the rain but it's the Cornish weather that means Glendurgan garden can flourish.

What little frost we get 'drains' away down the valley and we're sheltered from cold or strong winds.